Men Are Three Times More Probably To Direct Docs Than Women In The UK Factual Exposed:
According to alarming research from the We Are Doc Women collective, men are three times more likely to direct UK documentaries than women to produce films, requiring quotas to address the problem.
Todays Factual Television Survey Report, which surveyed 700 people last November, found that nearly three-quarters (73%) of producers/series directors were male.
Three-quarters (76%) of researchers are female, but going down the chain of command this figure was reversed. According to the report, women are more likely to work in lower paid editorial roles and spend more time there.
Producers were also more likely to be female at 70% of respondents, whereas only 2% of women said they aspired to become october's producer, while 30% who want to go into directing said it would be easier to find.
The survey also found that women were three times less likely to be offered a second directing role once they had been given s.
The figures contrast with the most recent research available from the UK-based Creative Diversity Networks Diamond diversity initiative.
According to the report, this is indicative of gatekeeping in the industry that contributes to a persistent lack of diversity in off-screen talent across gender, race, ethnicity, disability, and age, the study said. At all stages of their careers, unless women are given a fair chance to direct the films that are most likely to win nominations and recognition for directorial voice, they will continue to trail behind men at all levels.
Women being perceived as directors while women are perceived as producers was identified as the primary barrier from female respondents, along with being a parent and the chance to develop as ...
When asked about the top challenges faced by male respondents, the third most common answer was no challenges encountered.
This is a very gendered situation that has been allowed to go on for far too long, said one anonymous female respondent to the survey. Females are absolutely sick of being offered to produce mens films, do all the emotional work, and walk away with no credit, she added.
We Are Doc Women, which made a number of suggestions, urged broadcasters, streamers and production firms to commit to promoting sexism among women directors in all of their factual output.
We Are Doc Womens Recommendations We are Doc Recommandations Are We Doc
- For maximum transparency, broadcasters and SVoDs should make gender breakdown figures for key editorial positions within the teams that make their factual programmes publicly available.
- Companies and channels that make and sell production should commit to providing mentoring, career development opportunities, and technical training to women.
- Members of the factual television industry should promote progressive working practices to accommodate parents and carers, according to the BBC.
- Broadcasters and SVODs should commit to a 50% quota of women Directors across their factual output and include this in program commissioning requirements. Commissioning specifications from broadcasters currently include quotas and/or guidelines on diversity and disability, but exclude gender.
- Production firms should commit to a 50% quota of women directing the factual content they produce.